MPH Careers

What Can You Do with an MPH Online Degree?

In a public health role, you may be expected to plan, develop, coordinate or evaluate health programs in health care settings, public health agencies, community organizations or similar organizations. Professionals who have an MPH degree also are pivotal in developing policies for the government, are community advocates, and support or conduct scientific research in service of disease prevention.

What Are Common Master of Public Health Salaries?

MPH salaries vary depending on the industry, your experience, and your education, among other factors.

Medical & Health
Service Managers

Medical and health service managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services.


Median salary: $72,448

Job outlook 2016-2026: 20% growth (much faster than national average)

Health Educators & Community Health Workers

Health educators teach communities about behaviors that promote wellness, with a focus on prevention.


Median salary: $45,360

Job outlook 2016-2026: 16% growth (much faster than national average)

Epidemiologists

Epidemiologists conduct research to improve overall human health. They are research-focused, and conduct clinical trials.


Median salary: $69,660

Job outlook 2016-2026: 9% growth (at pace with national average of 7%)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Outlook

Many people choose a career in public health because of the many vital challenges and rewarding accomplishments these important positions entail. Though demanding, the industry offers competitive salaries and long-term careers.

The industries, employers, and occupations listed represent medical and health service management opportunities and potential outcomes for those seeking their MPH degree.

Top Industries Hiring Medical and Health Service Managers

IndustryJob Postings
Healthcare and Social Assistance189,430
Finance and Insurance17,825
Educational Services16,479
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services15,180
Manufacturing10,374
Public Administration8,579
Retail Trade5,039
Information3,336
Other Services (except Public Administration)3,246

Source: Burning Glass Skills Explorer Report